Black Queer Diaspora

An issue of: GLQ

Black Queer Diaspora
Journal Issue Pages: 220 Volume 18, Number 2-3 Published: Spring 2012 An issue of GLQ
Special Issue Editor: Jafari S. Allen
In this special double issue of GLQ, queer theory meets critical race theory, transnationalism, and Third World feminisms in analyses of the Black queer diaspora. Contributors apply social science methodologies to theories born out of the humanities to produce innovative, humane, and expansive readings of on-the-ground social conditions around the world.

The contributors to this issue draw on radical Black and women-of-color feminisms to examine the embodied experience of the Black queer diaspora. One contributor elaborates on the work of Black Atlantic scholarship to imagine a story of the Black Pacific experience and how shipboard life shapes the relationships formed during travel and migration. Ethnographic fieldwork among black queer citizens in postapartheid South Africa, read through the lens of a popular local radio show, illustrates the distinction between citizenship and belonging. In Trinidad, where men who have sex with men have faced particular hostility, the bonds of friendship and affection emerge as crucial tools of activism and survival in a community threatened by HIV/AIDS.

Jafari S. Allen is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of ¡Venceremos?: Sexuality, Gender and Black Self-Making in Cuba, published by Duke University Press.

Contributors: Vanessa Agard-Jones, Jafari S. Allen, Lydon K. Gill, Ana-Maurine Lara, Xavier Livermon, Matt Richardson, Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley


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Jafari S. Allen
Black/Queer/Diaspora at the Current Conjuncture

Editorial Note
Jafari S. Allen and Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley
A Conversation “Overflowing with Memory”: On Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley's “Water, Shoulders, Into the Black Pacific”


Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley
Extract from “Water, Shoulders, Into the Black Pacific”

Lyndon K. Gill
Chatting Back an Epidemic: Caribbean Gay Men, HIV/AIDS, and the Uses of Erotic Subjectivity

Xavier Livermon
Queer(y)ing Freedom: Black Queer Visibilities in Postapartheid South Africa

Vanessa Agard-Jones
What the Sands Remember

Ana-Maurine Lara
Of Unexplained Presences, Flying Ife Heads, Vampires, Sweat, Zombies, and Legbas: A Meditation on Black Queer Aesthetics

Matt Richardson
“My Father Didn't Have a Dick”: Social Death and Jackie Kay's Trumpet

Image Gallery

Book Review

Robert G. Diaz
Queer Histories and the Global City
/Metropolitan Lovers: The Homosexuality of Cities–by Abraham Julie/
/Undercurrents: Queer Culture and Postcolonial Hong Kong–by Leung Helen Hok-Sze/
/Queer Visibilities: Space, Identity, and Interaction in Cape Town–by Tucker Andrew/

Books in Brief

Sylvia Mieszkowski
Maybe Midlife, But No Crisis: Queer Theory in Its Third Decade
/After Sex? On Writing since Queer Theory Halley Janet and Parker Andrew (Eds.)/

Ellen Lewin
Unchosen Families
/Not in This Family: Gays and the Meaning of Kinship in Postwar North America–by Murray Heather/

Petrus Liu
A New Look at Queer Temporality
/Backward Glances: Contemporary Chinese Cultures and the Female Homoerotic Imaginary–by Martin Fran/

Scott Lauria Morgensen
Sovereignty, The Queer Condition
/When Did Indians Become Straight? Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty–by Rifkin Mark/

Karma R. Chávez
Marriage Equals Death … Seriously
/Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay–by Marriage Conrad Ryan (Ed.)/

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